Welcome BOS members and all interested in birding Western New York and Niagara Peninsula of Ontario!

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Hermit Thrush during fall migration by Sue Barth ©

Scoping October

The month of October brings big changes to the local birding landscape. During the first week, Neotropical migrant stragglers are exiting the region and being replaced by temperate zone migrants; sparrows, kinglets, Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Hermit Thrush and others.

Stronger frontal systems occur this month and during high wind events from the SSW, the Niagara River should be your destination. Species to look for include Little, Sabine's and Franklin's Gulls, Parasitic Jaeger, and phalaropes. This is the month when the Brown Booby appeared at Erie Basin Marina during such a wind event. Other locations to view from include Hamburg Town Beach, LaSalle Park, Ontario Street Boat Launch and Woodlawn Beach SP.

Keep your hummingbird feeders filled and cleaned this month! If western vagrants are going to show up, this month is most likely when it happens. Brush up your ID skills of Rufous Hummingbird as that would be the most likely. If you have a contender at your feeder, get as many photos as possible, including the tail!

Also this month is the annual BOS October Bird Census. We need as many people in the field as possible, even if just an hour's time watching your bird feeder. Please contact the count compiler, Marcie Jacklin (mjacklin@brocku.ca), if you would like to assist. This count has been conducted for over 80 years and is a wealth of information on local bird populations. We need all members to help out!


The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) has something to offer to anyone passionate about birds: from the backyard feeder- watcher, the avid lister or the environmental activist, to the dedicated citizen scientist or the professional ornithologist. Society activities include regular programs, field trips, intensive long-term bird counts, checklist and date guide development, varied research activities, and involvement in local conservation efforts. We invite you to join in the activities of the society!

 BOS Membership  

The Buffalo Ornithological Society, Inc. was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region. Annual grants are awarded by the BOS to fund member-sponsored avian research projects. We are proud of our extensive scientific research databases, our continuing involvement in environmental and conservation activities that impact birds, and our promotion of the enjoyment of ornithology.

The BOS coverage area includes Western New York and parts of nearby Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded. Explore our site to learn more about where to report and find birds, both regional specialties and rare visitors.


  Mark Your Calendar Now!

2017 NYS Birders Conference / NYSOA Annual Meeting
November 10-12, 2017

The Buffalo Ornithological Society is hard at work planning the 2017 NYS Birders Conference and NYSOA Annual Meeting. The conference will be held at the new Hilton Hotel right at the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park, November 10-12, 2017 (Veteran's Day weekend).

Why so late in the year? Because the birding is fabulous then! Waterfowl! Gulls! With possibilities for phalaropes, jaegers, and rare or lingering songbirds! You just never know what will be found on one of our many field trips!

Mark your calendar now and check back here for details in the months ahead.

Registrations are now open!

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  Upcoming Field Trips and Events

Several field trips, meetings, and events have recently been added to our calendar. Take a look and be sure to join us at a meeting or on one of our field trips!

Oct 28, 2017

Field Trip - Lake Ontario Plain

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Lake Ontario Plain Field Trip for fall migrants.

Meet at 8 AM at Tops Market in Wright's Corners. This is on the east side of Route 78 and Route 104, north of Lockport.

Leader: Willie D'Anna 751-3637 or dannapotter@roadrunner.com.

This trip is a car caravan of sorts, plying the rural roads of Niagara County in search of late fall migrants. Every year is different but with all of the fields and open space habitat we will check it is reasonable to see Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, and possibly early winter arrivals such as Northern Shrike and Rough-legged Hawk. Horned Larks should be added to the day's list as well.
A few stops along the Lake Ontario shore lookouts should produce Horned Grebe and several species of scoters and other diving ducks.


Nov 10, 2017

NYSOA Annual Conference

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The BOS is proud to host the 2017 Annual NYSOA Conference! This 3-day event (Nov. 10-12) will be centered in Niagara Falls, NY during peak gull season. Don't wait...go to our Home Page and register now! Whether you live in or out of town, treat yourself to an overnight stay at the brand new Doubletree by Hilton hotel with views of the Niagara River just upstream from Goat Island! The hotel is offering a fantastic rate for NYSOA attendees!

Friday evening, our guest speaker will be Paul Guris; owner and operator of See Life Paulagics. Paul has been organizing and leading pelagic trips for several decades from Hatteras, NC to Long Island, NY. Paul will be focusing on the birds of the NY pelagic zone and his lively stories will be decorated with many photographs.

Social hour in the Grand Ballroom will preclude Paul's presentation and a buffet dinner. The Birder's Marketplace will be open for business Friday afternoon. Shop our various vendors for artwork, optics and even book a future birding trip with one of our several tour operators.

Check-in begins on Friday afternoon. Please see the BOS website for online registration. Hotel accommodations can also be booked through the website to get a special rate of $104/night at the brand new Doubletree by Hilton, across from Goat Island in Niagara Falls.


Nov 11, 2017

NYSOA Annual Conference

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Saturday will feature many field trips in the WNY region. The Birder's Marketplace will be open most of the day. The marketplace will feature tour groups, Nikon optics dealer, artists and several non-profit organizations. Research paper sessions will be presented in a satellite room.

The Saturday evening speaker is Neil Hayward who will present on his Accidental Big Year! Do not miss this exciting rendition of Neil's adventures which landed him a whopping 749 species and broke the ABA record.

Social hour and a sit-down dinner in the Grand Ballroom will precede Neil's presentation.


Nov 12, 2017

NYSOA Annual Conference

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Departure field trips will be running this morning. Choose your trip based on your route home. We will be offering options to fit everyone's travel plans. Box lunches are available through the hotel and can be ordered through our online registration form through the BOS website.



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